An attempt-in-progress to compile the most universal movies of all time, the creamiest of the crop, the most rewarding and eternal.
Sharing your assent or dissent, as well as any pertinent info, will be greatly appreciated and cited. The goal is not to make you admire this list. It's to open eyes to the most worthwhile gifts of cinema, and cinema's true potential.
Produced by Alfredo Bini Cinematography by Mario Bernardo and Tonino Delli Colli Editing by Nino Baragli Production management by Eliseo Boschi
Reporter on the street asking a wide array of people their opinions about various aspects of sex, love, family, and society. Sounds basic enough, but the fact that it is a contender for being the first such movie is an honor. Add to that, the elegant structure, the bold selections, gripping editing makes it stronger. But most delicious of all is that the interviews are done in ultra-conservative, ultra-Catholic Italy of the 1960s, and that the interviewer himself is a towering figure of the arts: Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the founders of cinema's neo-reaiism, a poet, an auto-didact, a genius, a fiery iconoclast, a rebel, a gay man, a communist, and eventually, a martyr to greed insolence and ignorance. Not all his questions or reactions are perfect, but a few mis-steps can be overlooked, like a smudge in one corner of Da Vinci's Virgin on the Rocks. You can see the masterpiece regardless.
The title translates from the Italian to "Conference of Love".
Caution to sensitive viewers, there is much nudity, depiction of fornication, of an orgy, as well as a mock rape scene. In general, the meaning of this movie is to honor the body and sensuality, all sexualities, to revel in the erotic, and to poke fun at sexually conservative mind-sets. The scratchy soundtrack is perfect and light years ahead of its time, especially when it goes blank and when it has duelling soundtracks. And the cinematography defines lo-fi, like half a century before it got its name, with its brightness washouts so glaring that half the time you're not sure what you're looking at, but you like it.
Similar to some of Alice Guy's other dance movies, like Au bal de Flore (1900), except this one involves a whole dance team, and presents us with a more thrilling and complicated dance, making us feel like we've scored a ticket to a top-notch show! The popping color and realistic background are also commendable.
The title lists the name of the internationally famous dancer, Paulina Clarissa Molony AKA Saharet, alongside the name of the style of dance depicted, which is the Spanish bolero.